(a) Every public school employer shall grant to regular classified employees an annual vacation at the regular rate of pay earned at the time the vacation is commenced. Such vacation shall be as determined by the public school employer, but not less than five-sixths of a day for each month in which the employee is in a paid status for more than one-half the working days in the month, provided the employee is regularly employed five days per week, seven to eight hours a day. An employee in a paid status for less than one-half the working days in a month shall have his vacation credit accrued on the basis provided for in subdivision (b) or (c).
(b) In lieu of accrual of vacation credit on a monthly basis and proration as prescribed in subdivision (a), a district may provide for accrual of vacation credit on any of the following bases:
(1) For all employees or classes of employees who work a full workweek of 40 hour the district shall provide 0.03846 hour of vacation credit for each hour of paid service, not including overtime.
(2) For all employees or classes of employees who work a full workweek of 37.5 hours the district shall provide 0.04087 hour of vacation credit for each hour of paid service, not including overtime.
(3) For all employees or classes of employees who work a full workweek of 35 hours the district shall provide 0.04379 hour of vacation credit for each hour of paid service, not including overtime.
(c) For all employees regularly employed for fewer than 35 hours a week, regardless of the number of hours or days worked per week, the vacation credit shall be computed at the rate of 0.03846 for each hour the employee is in paid status, not including overtime.
(d) Vacation may, with the approval of the employer, be taken at any time during the school year. If the employee is not permitted to take his full annual vacation, the amount not taken shall accumulate for use in the next year or be paid for in cash at the option of the governing board.
(e) Earned vacation shall not become a vested right until completion of the initial six months of employment.
(f) The employee may be granted vacation during the school year even though not earned at the time the vacation is taken.
(g) If an employee is terminated and had been granted vacation which was not yet earned at the time of termination of his services, the employer shall deduct from the employee's severence check the full amount of salary which was paid for such unearned days of vacation taken.
(h) Upon separation from service, the employee shall be entitled to lump-sum compensation for all earned and unused vacation, except that employees who have not completed six months of employment in regular status shall not be entitled to such compensation.
(i) This section shall not apply to substitute, short-term, or limited-term employees, as they are defined in Sections 45103 and 45286, unless such employees are specifically included by the public school employer.
(j) The public school employer may expand the benefits provided for in this section.
(k) This section shall apply to districts that have adopted the merit system in the same manner and effect as if it were a part of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter.
(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)
Education Code 45103
Education Code 45240
Education Code 45286